At Rockliffe Manor Primary School, we believe that learning is most memorable for children when it is planned in a cross-curricular way, taking on board their interests and therefore, enabling children to make links throughout their learning. We always ensure our activities include challenges for all learners, opportunities for children to develop through play and real life experiences with lots of interaction from adults and peers. We have high expectations of both staff and pupils and always strive to achieve outstanding outcomes.


This half term we will be reading The Honey Bee and the Robber by Eric Carle. The book is centres on a hive of bees that produce honey, and takes us through the cycle of pollination then, one day, a bear comes to steal the honey! Using this core text, the children will learn about the importance of bees to our environment and outdoor spaces. We shall look at how bees use nectar to pollinate flowers, and how they also make honey. This will be linked to our global goal of ‘Life on Land’, where we continue to discuss protecting, restoring and promoting sustainability. We will use the remainder of the half term to learn the life cycle of a butterfly, linking it with Eric Carle’s ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’.

Maths:  This half term, we will spend two weeks on Shape, Space and Measure, as we look at naming shapes and looking at their properties, and using these shapes to build. The rest of the half term will focus on telling the time and problem solving, as we head towards Sports Day and the end of the school year!

Science: Art’s Fortnight kicks off our second summer term. In this time, we will focus on life on land, researching bees, and discovering how they help our world. Our art will focus on 3D sculptures of bees, printing honeycomb patterns, and looking at flowers in the style of Friedensreich Hunterwasser.

Wider Curriculum: During summer 2, we will be encouraging all children to begin to write their names through a range of activities. If you would like more information on how this can be done at home, please speak to one of the nursery team for ideas.

Parents and carers can support their children’s learning at home through daily reading. This will enable children to further develop their vocabulary and communication skills. We will be continuing our ‘Parents’ Reading Morning ‘every Thursday morning; you are very welcome to come into Nursery and spend some time at the start of the day reading with your child each week. 

If you would like to discuss more about how you can help your child at home, please see your child's class teacher.

Please click here to view the Curriculum Framework for Nursery.



This term, Reception will be continuing to explore the theme of ethical and unethical ways of farming and how our food gets from the source to the plate. We will discuss your right to choose how you eat but how over-farming can be harmful to the planet and is not sustainable. We will be encouraging the children to choose vegetables more often, to be conscientious consumers and to engage with growing, cooking and tasting food that we can make for our families to come in and try! We will be using the core text ‘Super Tato’ to promote our love of vegetables and engage the children in some story writing about super hero veggies!

Maths: In Summer 2 we will start off the term by looking at identifying and creating repeating patterns and 3D shapes. We will then move onto more number based activities including addition and subtraction problem solving and finish off by recapping time.

Phonics: This term we will be consolidating all of our phonics learning so far; focusing on Phase 3 and 4. We will also continue practicing tricky words and blending and segmenting both orally and written. Here is a website that you may find useful to support your child with their phonics at home-

Understanding of the world/EAD: The children voted once again and have decided they would like a fire station as their final role play topic so the role play area will be transformed once again shortly. We will also be planting different vegetables in the outdoor area to tie in with our vegetable topic and discussing what they might need to grow. During Arts Fortnight, the children will also be doing close up observational drawings of different vegetables and making 3D papier-mâché vegetables. They will also be writing recipes for the vegetarian dishes they will be making.

Our author focus this half term will be Jez Alborough. The children will have the opportunity to read a selection of his books in our book corner.

Children will be doing PE on a Friday morning.

The children will take a book home every week with their reading journal, and they will continue with their guided reading sessions each week. Please do leave a comment in the journal when you read with your child each evening. 

Enjoying books with your child will help to develop their learning in phonics as well as communication and language skills, so please do try and read regularly with your child. We will be continuing our ‘Parents’ Reading Morning’ every Thursday, which is an opportunity to come in to Reception and read with your child.

Please click here to view the Curriculum Framework for Reception.

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